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Bryon Russell
Bryon Russell
Personal information
Born (1970-12-31) December 31, 1970 (age 49)
San Bernardino, California
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High schoolSan Bernardino
(San Bernardino, California)
CollegeLong Beach State (1990-1993)
NBA draft1993 / Round: 2 / Pick: 45th overall
Selected by the Utah Jazz
Playing career1993-2010
PositionSmall forward
Number34, 3, 2, 9
Career history
1993-2002Utah Jazz
2002-2003Washington Wizards
2003-2004Los Angeles Lakers
2004-2006Denver Nuggets
2006-2007Hollywood Fame
2007-2008Long Beach Breakers
2009-2010Los Angeles Lightning
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points6,663 (7.9 ppg)
Rebounds2,914 (3.5 rpg)
Assists1,085 (1.3 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Bryon Demetrise Russell (born December 31, 1970) is an American former professional basketball player. During a National Basketball Association (NBA) career that spanned from 1993 to 2006, he played for the Denver Nuggets, Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Lakers and was a key member of the Utah Jazz, helping them reach back-to-back NBA finals appearances in 1997 and 1998. Russell also played for the Hollywood Fame and Long Beach Breakers of the American Basketball Association (ABA). He finished his career with the Los Angeles Lightning of the International Basketball League (IBA), winning a championship in 2009.

After playing three years of college basketball with Long Beach State University, Russell was drafted forty-fifth overall in the 1993 NBA draft by the Utah Jazz. From 1997 to 2000, he played in every regular-season game. He went to back-to-back NBA Finals with the Jazz in 1997 and 1998, but lost to the Chicago Bulls. Russell had his best season with the Jazz in the 1999-2000 season, when he averaged 14.1 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. After playing nine seasons for the Jazz, Russell signed with the Washington Wizards as a free agent for the 2002-2003 season. Russell then signed with the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent for the 2003-2004 season and made it to the 2004 NBA Finals but lost to the Detroit Pistons. He then signed with the Denver Nuggets as a free agent and played with them from 2004 to 2006. He was a part of the Seattle SuperSonics roster for a brief time in 2006 after being traded by the Nuggets but never appeared in a game for them.

Russell's alma mater, Long Beach State University, retired his jersey in 2010.[1]

Russell and Michael Jordan

Russell is best remembered for guarding Michael Jordan at the end of Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals. Jordan made the game-winning shot over Russell, although many fans believe Jordan pushed off Russell during the play.[2] The referees did not call a foul on the play, and Russell later remarked, "Whether he pushed off or not, he was making that shot." He and Jordan were teammates when they played for the Washington Wizards during the 2002-03 NBA season, which was Jordan's last.[3]

In 2009, Jordan mentioned Russell in his Hall of Fame induction speech, recalling an interaction they had during Jordan's first retirement in 1994: "[A]t this time, I had no thoughts of coming back and playing the game of basketball. Bryon Russell came over to me and said, 'Why did you quit? You know I could guard you.' ... From this day forward, if I ever see [Russell] in shorts, I'm coming at him." In response, Russell challenged Jordan to a game of one-on-one for charity.[4] Such a match-up has not yet taken place, though the Utah Flash of the NBDL did stage a halftime game between Russell and a Jordan look-alike.[2]

References

  1. ^ Burlison, Frank (February 3, 2010). "Pac-10's top 2 clubs need to finish strong". Press-Telegram. Retrieved 2010.
  2. ^ a b D-League owner offers refunds to fans. ESPN.com. December 8, 2009. Retrieved on January 2, 2009.
  3. ^ Lawrence, Mitch (2009-02-15). "Trade winds swirl around Vince Carter". Daily News. New York. Retrieved .
  4. ^ Arash Markazi. Russell: Jordan 'afraid' to play him. Sports Illustrated. November 13, 2009. Retrieved on January 2, 2010.

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